Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yummy Stew!

Jim joined the biggest loser club online (and it's working!). So, we have been trying some of their recipes. This is a stew that we find super yummy, especially because our family loves sweet potatoes.


* 1 tablespoon whole grain oat flour

* 1/8 teaspoon garlic power

* 1/8 teaspoon salt

* Pinch of ground black pepper

* 1 pound top round steak, cut into 1" cubes

* 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

* 8 ounces button mushrooms, halved

* 1 onion, chopped

* 1 tablespoon minced garlic

* 1 teaspoon dried thyme

* 2 cans (14-ounces each) lower-sodium, fat-free beef broth

* 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced

* 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes

In a medium resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the beef and shake the bag until all the cubes are coated. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Set a large nonstick soup pot over medium-high heat until it is hot enough for a spritz of water to sizzle on it. Add the oil. Add the reserved beef cubes to the pan in a single layer. Cook for about 1 minute per side, or until browned. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon and scraping any browned bits from the pan bottom, for about 10 minutes, or until the onion is tender.

Add the broth and carrots. Increase the heat to high. When the broth comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low so the mixture simmers gently. Cover and cook for 45 minutes.

Add the potatoes. Cook for 45 minutes, or until the beef is fork tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Yield: 9 Servings; Serving = 1 cup

Adapted by Chef Devin Alexander, The Biggest Loser Cookbook, Rodale 2006.

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